A blue moon might shine over Kentucky, but it's rays didn't reach Georgia's 6th District congressional race in Tuesday's election.
Democrats, also known as the Blue Party, hoped their new favorite son Jon Ossoff would topple Karen Handel in the special election and flip the decades-old Republican red stronghold into a bounding baby-blue territory.
Once accomplished, some Democrats believed they could use that victory as a spring board for the 2018 elections, take control of Congress and derail President Trump's agenda.
Between the two candidates, more than $50 million were spent on their campaigns.
Instead of enjoying a congressional district flip, Democrats found themselves with bowed heads and stooped shoulders. Instead of belting country singer Merle Haggard's rendition of "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again," they were belting the late Dean Martin's version of "Red Roses for A Blue Lady."
In this case, however, it was red roses for a red lady. Handel, a former Secretary of State, defeated Ossoff by polling 53 percent of the vote. She received 127,021 votes to Ossoff's 114,390.
Ossoff hasn't announced his future political plans. But in a few days, Handel will be off to Washington to take the seat left vacant when Tom Price resigned to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. In 2018, Handel will have the advantage of an incumbent with 18 months experience on the job.
Should he choose to run again, Ossoff could keep his campaign apparatus in place and continue contacting voters in hopes of getting their support next year.
Election returns show Handel won Cobb County with 61 percent of the vote. She received 41,259 votes to Ossoff's 26,212 in Cobb. Handel also won Fulton County with 53 percent of the vote. She received 62,764 votes to Ossoff's 54,955 in Fulton. Ossoff took DeKalb County with 58 percent of the vote. He received 33,847 to Handel's 24,070 in Dekalb.
Despite the defeat, Democrats could use this his hard-fought campaign as rallying cry for the 2018 elections. Republicans, who're licking their chops over the Handel victory, could also use the Handel/Ossoff battle as a rallying cry.
Either way, it could be the beginning of an interesting off-presidential election year.
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